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Inspiration / 11 Oct 2016

20+ Action-Packed Photoshop Actions

Actions are one of the most overlooked features in Photoshop that most designers don’t often pay attention to. Yet, they are also one of the features that could help save you hours of your time.

Another great thing about Photoshop actions is that you don’t even have to spend time creating and perfecting them. You can simply grab one of the thousands of Photoshop actions already made by professional graphic designers and start applying them to your photos to create instant effects.

So, whether you’re a pro looking to save time or just want to quickly experiment with several advanced effects, here are a few of the coolest Photoshop Actions you can use to add magical effects to your designs and supercharge your workflow.

Graphics / 10 Oct 2016

7 Tips for Creating a Memorable Design

It’s the goal of pretty much anyone with a website: to have users that come back again and again. They share your content; they engage with you regularly; they tell others about the website. They remember the website.

It doesn’t happen by accident. A memorable design is a tool that will help create this user connection. Here, we’re going to look at seven ways to create a lasting impression with seven stunning examples of how to do it. Learn how to create a design that sticks in the long term, and doesn’t fly under the radar!

Reviews / 6 Oct 2016

Manage Your Small Business Finances With Hiveage

Nothing can make your life easier as a small business owner or freelancer than a great invoicing tool. By streamlining some of the business processes you can spend more time on the parts of the job you enjoy and get paid faster.

We introduced you to Hiveage a while ago. The online invoice and billing software is used by more than 50,000 small businesses and freelancers all over the world. And it only keeps getting better. Here’s another look at Hiveage and how you can benefit from this great finance-management tool.

Inspiration / 4 Oct 2016

10 Mega Menu CSS Templates

There’s no introduction necessary for mega menus. Anyone who has surfed the web has definitely seen at least one website with a mega menu. That’s how popular the mega menu trend really is — they’re popping up everywhere!

Want proof? Take a look at the massive and beautiful mega menus on Amazon, Puma, Walmart, or The White House websites.

We’ve hand picked a few amazing mega menu templates that you can get for the price of a cup of coffee!

Business / 3 Oct 2016

10 Things Happy Designers Do (Every Day)

Are you a happy designer? You can be. There are a few habits and tricks that all those grinning designers have in common. And you can do it too.

Working in a happy, healthy environment will help you be more efficient and maybe even a better designer as a whole. There’s nothing like dreading a day at the office to kill productivity and creativity. Try some of these ideas and turn that frown upside down!

Graphics / 28 Sep 2016

Duotone Color: Tips & Examples for This Vibrant Trend

The next big web design image trend is here, and it’s vibrant, colourful, and beautiful!

Thanks to Spotify, duotone is growing in popularity almost daily. The effect, which uses a pair of colors over a photo is striking, fun and vibrant. It’s also quite trendy, with new sites changing to a duotone format almost daily. Here are a few ways to make the most of this hot design technique.

Inspiration / 27 Sep 2016

15+ Gorgeous Save the Date Templates

Hiring someone to design your wedding invitations to look exactly the way you want is not an easy task. In most cases, the designers don’t share your vision for the design and you end up letting them design the card the way they want it to be.

But, what if you could pick a design of your own, customize it to look perfect, and print it out yourself while avoiding expensive designers altogether?

Yes, it’s possible. All you need is a little bit of Photoshop knowledge and a great looking save the date card template and you’re good to go. To help with your search, we hand-picked some of the most beautiful and affordable save the date templates you can find online. Have a look.

Business / 26 Sep 2016

Project vs. Hourly Rates: What Should You Choose?

One of the things people always ask me when they realize I’m a freelancer is “how do you know what to charge?” Honestly, I don’t always have the right answer. As any seasoned freelancer knows, estimated rates can sometimes be a game of chance with some jobs bringing in handsome sums while others end up as a loss. (You hope it all evens out in the end.)

So how do you actually charge clients? How do you know what a job is worth so that you are priced competitively and adequately for the work? That’s where the discussion of hourly versus project rates comes in. Here’s a guide to help you make the choice that is best for your business.

UX Design / 21 Sep 2016

7 Tips for Delighting Users With Great UX

A great user experience starts with the designer. You have to imagine and create something that people will want to touch and engage with, time and time again.

Sounds easy, right? The key to delighting users is to think like one. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel with every new design project; use tools and techniques that users like and understand to make the process a little easier and give you more time to focus on other visual elements. Today we’re sharing a few tips to get you focused on this line of thinking!

Inspiration / 20 Sep 2016

20+ Stunning Hero Images for a Creative Website

What do Salesforce, TaskRabbit, Tesla, and Pocket websites have in common? They all rock hero images.

Make no mistake, the hero image web design trend is still very much alive. What is a hero image? Well, it’s basically a giant banner-style image that takes over the top half of the page. The main goal of this design strategy is to quickly grab the user’s attention while showcasing some of the features of a product or a service at the same time.

According to research, colored visuals increase people’s willingness to read a piece of content by 80%. It’s one of the reasons why placing a hero image above the fold has been found to be quite effective in increasing website engagement.

Graphics / 19 Sep 2016

Design Trend: What’s Up With All Those Tiny Corner Logos?

Have you noticed how small logos seem to be increasingly popular on websites? For a while, it seemed the focus in design was to “make it bigger.” That has shifted — in terms of logo size and placement anyway.

The biggest trend in website design right now is the use of the tiny corner logo. We’re going to break down the trend and look at a few great examples. Maybe you’ll find the inspiration to shrink the logo in your next project. Or maybe you’ll decide to keep it big and bold!

Graphics / 14 Sep 2016

Experiential Design 101: Designing for VR

We may live in a world where many of our design and communication interactions happen via a screen, but information from screens is jumping into the live realm more and more often.

While it might almost sound like something out of a science fiction movie, you will create design elements that live in the space between screens and reality in this lifetime. It’s already starting to happen. Experiential design is the force that will shape how those projects come together and how you create and develop dynamic real-life design elements.